New Project Officer appointed for the Cotswolds

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Simon Smith has joined the Cotswolds Conservation Board as Project Management and Business Development Officer, to help drive forward the Board's 3-year business plan and develop a range of new exciting projects for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Simon, who is a keen naturalist focusing on birds, butterflies and botany, was previously Assistant Director (Operations) with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for the past three years, where he oversaw a wide array of operations including the local biological records centre, programmes engaging people in individual and community activity around sustainable living, biodiversity advocacy and reserve management teams and an in-house farming enterprise. Prior to this, Simon worked with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). Starting out as a volunteer he secured their first Wiltshire post in the late 1980’s. In building up the Wiltshire operation he pioneered the setting up of site-based community conservation groups and won major government contracts to involve young people and the unemployed in environmental activity. He went on to manage and develop BTCV operations across the South West.

With a passion for nature, landscape history and archaeology, as well as a career built on making things happen, Simon is well-suited to his new role and is looking forward to the new challenge.

"I have worked in countryside management for over 22 years, but I have been passionate about the environment and conservation all my life. My new role is all about identifying issues and priorities, and developing projects to help address them. This will bring me into contact with a wide array of people both within the AONB and the communities surrounding it, which is something that I am particularly looking forward to. I also consider myself very lucky to be able to continue working in an area as wonderful as the Cotswolds.”

Simon, who lives in Swindon, still enjoys occasional conservation volunteering in his spare time along with walking and cycling in the Cotswolds.